Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Application Deadline:  October 1, 2017

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  October 23-27, 2017

  • October 23, 2017 – Geosciences; Life Sciences
  • October 24, 2017 – Computer and Information Science; Engineering; Materials Research
  • October 26, 2017 – Psychology; Social Sciences; STEM Education and Learning
  • October 27, 2017 – Chemistry; Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (at UW, the remainder is covered by the Graduate School), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by the fall after the application is submitted
  • have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) by August 1 of the year the application is submitted, or meet the criteria for the extenuating circumstance described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.
  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here. UW’s Office of Fellowships & Awards provides further information about this award here, and offers application advising and application support for this opportunity.

Hertz Graduate Fellowship

Application Deadline:  October 27, 2017

The Fanny & John Hertz Graduate Fellowships support doctoral education in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences or mathematics. The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools (including the University of Washington) in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the PhD degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. The Foundation generally does not award fellowships to students who are already beyond their first year of graduate study. The Foundation does not support students pursuing advanced professional degrees other than the PhD, such as enrollees in MD, LLD or MBA programs, although they will support the PhD portion of a joint MD/PhD study program.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: September 8, 2017

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 20th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies’ committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

The 2018 session will begin on January 16 and conclude on April 6, 2018. The Fellowship offers a stipend of $9,000. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies within the last five years may apply.  Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields. 

The program is open to US citizens, US permanent residents, and non-US citizens who hold one of the following visas:

– F-1 students using CPT (curricular practical training)
– F-1 students using OPT (optional practical training)
– J-2 dependents
– J-1 students using academic training
– J-1 research scholars with written approval of their Responsible Officer
– DACA recipients
– Adjustment applicants, refugees, asylees, and selected other visa classes

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Awards

Application deadline:   August 1, 2017 (additional cycles in November, February, and March)

The National Academies’ NRC Research Associateship Program promotes excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

Competitive awards are available for scientists and engineers to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include attractive stipends, health insurance, professional travel and relocation. Awards are available for scientists and engineers at all stages of their career. Applicants should hold, or anticipate receiving, an earned doctorate in science or engineering. Degrees from universities abroad should be equivalent in training and research experience to a degree from a U.S. institution. Many awards are open to foreign nationals as well as to U.S. citizens.

 

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

Application Deadline:  May 16, 2017

The goal of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period. The SCGSR program does not provide additional support for supplies, materials, or travel while conducting the SCGSR research project at the host DOE laboratory during the award period.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens at the time of application and be at least 18 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective. At the time of application, applicants must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution, and must have established a defined graduate thesis project and graduate thesis advisor.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or select areas of environmental sciences at an accredited college or university in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that their graduate thesis research is in an area of fundamental research aligned with the DOE Office of Science Priority Research Areas identified for the 2017 SCGSR Solicitation 1.
  • The applicant and their primary graduate thesis advisor are responsible for identifying a collaborating research scientist at a DOE laboratory and jointly developing the research proposal as part of the SCGSR application process.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Agency for Health Care Research & Quality Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation

Application Deadline:  May 1, 2017

The AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program provides dissertation grants for doctoral candidates. This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics. The grants provide up to $40,000 in direct research costs. Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Candidates must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents by the time of the grant award.
  • Be full-time academic students in good standing, who are enrolled in an accredited research doctoral program in such fields as behavioral sciences, health services research, nursing, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, health informatics, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Have completed all non-dissertation requirements for their doctoral degree by the time of submission of the application, including completion of their qualifying exams. (The only exception allowable will be the completion of required clinical internships that follow completion of the dissertation.)
  • Not have more than part-time employment in addition to the requirements of their current, full-time academic student appointments (defined as greater than 20 hours per week).
  • Not be recipients of mentored career development awards.
  • Institution is any of the following: public or non-profit private institution (such as a university, college, faith-based or community-based organization), units of local or State government, eligible agencies of the Federal Government, and Indian/Native American Tribal Government or Designated Organizations.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Buildium Women in Technology Scholarship

Deadline:  April 15, 2017

Buildium is proud to award one $2,500 scholarship each semester to a women who can tell us which female STEM leader most inspires them to pursue their dreams. Selection is based on submission of an essay (less than 1,000 words), explaining which female leader at a technology company inspires you, and why. She can be a CEO, a product developer, a creative director, an engineer, or anything in between. But she must be a leader in STEM.

Applicants must be a female enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program in the United States or Canada, studying Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) and in good academic standing.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Livermore National Laboratory Graduate Scholar Program

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

The Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (LGSP) and its predecessor programs have played a critical role for many years in helping to recruit new scientific and engineering talent to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Top Ph.D. students are granted appointments of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis.

A key feature of the program is the triad relationship between the student, the university thesis advisor, and the Laboratory technical supervisor. This team will jointly plan and execute the student’s research program. The Lab technical supervisor is a scientist or engineer and should ideally be a member of the student’s thesis committee. Once accepted into the LGSP, the student becomes an employee of LLNL and is expected to perform the majority of his or her research at the Laboratory. Our expectation for a successful proposal is that the student will spend 75% of the calendar year at LLNL, though scheduling is flexible. LGSP students receive a highly competitive salary, but the program does not cover tuition costs.

LGSP appointments have traditionally been made to students of physics, astrophysics, laser science, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, computer science, biology, genetics and biotechnology, materials science, and related disciplines. Non-technical or non-traditional proposals may be considered if a suitable LLNL mentor/supervisor can be identified. Applicants must be full-time graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. Students are expected to have completed the majority of their graduate coursework and have successfully passed any required comprehensive examinations. Students must have a thesis advisor and an identified LLNL technical supervisor.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

UW Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship

Nomination Deadline:  March 31, 2017

The Gatzert Child Welfare fellowship was established in the 1930s by the Bailey and Babette Gatzert foundation for Child Welfare. In accordance with the donor’s wishes, the funds are to be used to promote education for “the better care and treatment of children suffering from defects, either physically or mentally.” The one-quarter fellowship will be awarded to support the writing of a doctoral dissertation in the field of child development with special reference to children with disabilities.

Eligibility

  • Candidate must have achieved doctoral candidate status at the time of nomination
  • Candidate must have demonstrated progress on the dissertation which indicates completion by the end of Summer Quarter 2018 or sooner.
  • Candidate may not have received another dissertation writing award from the Graduate School (e.g., GO-MAP, Presidential Dissertation, etc.)
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Award

  • The awards provide a stipend equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $2,572 month), GAIP insurance, and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and International Student Fee) up to 18 credits.

Students must be nominated by their departments. Departments can nominate no more than two students. Eligible programs include:

  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering
  • Information School
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Biophysics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Urban Design and Planning Group

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.